Registration opens for April 25 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day

Illinois REALTORS® can check an important item off their “to do” list and save money by registering today for the April 25 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day in Springfield.

Members who sign up now qualify for Early Bird rate of $45. Prices go up to $55 from April 5-18, and to $65 from April 19-25.

Capitol Conference begins with a luncheon/legislative briefing at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, followed by meetings at the State Capitol with legislators. REALTORS® get an opportunity to make your concerns known to state legislators and to show you care about protecting private property rights. To register, go here.

RPAC fundraising kicks off at Professional Standards Workshops

(l to r) Doug Carpenter and Mike Drews reveal the winning name in the RPAC Raffle at the Pro Standards Workshop Tuesday.

RPAC raffles at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshops raised nearly $11,000.

Last year, our REALTOR® PAC helped elect pro-REALTOR®, pro-business candidates to public office, stopped efforts to expand sales tax to professional services and advertising as well as efforts to expand home rule in several communities.

In the year ahead, we will fight to protect the mortgage interest deduction and vigorously oppose potential changes to the standard deduction and the elimination of most individual deductions, which would eliminate the tax advantages of homeownership.

Jessica Devore of Green Acres Real Estate in Clinton and REALTOR® Judy Panozzo of Real People Realty, Inc., in Mokena won RPAC Raffles Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Local Governmental Affairs Director and Member Outreach Manager Gideon Blustein received help from the following volunteers at the workshops: REALTORS® Jayme Ahlden, Karen Barbagallo, Doug Carpenter, Mike Drews, Mike Gross, Jim Haisler, Carol Meinhart, Mike Oldenettel, Judy Panozzo, Matt Persicketti, Karen Robertson, Madelyn Staack and Steve Volkodav. Thanks to every REALTOR® who contributed to the raffles with their time and money.

(Disclaimer: The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from Illinois REALTORS® members only.)

GRI Grad presenters talk video

It is estimated that by 2019, 80 percent of all content viewed online will be videos. Why? Videos grab attention quickly and can convey a lot of information in a short amount of time.

GRI Grad presenters Marki Lemons and Carrie Bey-Little believe REALTORS® who master video production have a clear marketing advantage in the marketplace. Lemons and Bey-Little will provide valuable tips and tricks in their presentation: One Quick Video Equals Online Success at the GRI Grad Course, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the East Peoria Embassy Suites.

See a quick video preview below and view the entire speaker lineup on the GRI Grad webpage, and don’t forget to follow the GRI Event Page on Facebook and join the discussion on LinkedIn.


Illinois REALTORS® board approves sponsoring roles at July political conventions

2013 Illinois REALTORS® President Michael Oldenettel attended the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. The association has a practice of sending representatives to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

2013 Illinois REALTORS® President Michael D. Oldenettel attended the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, as seen in this screen capture from CNN. The association has a practice of sending representatives to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Illinois REALTORS will play a role in sponsoring events at the Republican and Democratic part conventions this summer.

The association’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve expenditures for a reception for Illinois’ state and federal delegation at the Republican National Convention, to be held July 18-21, 2016, in Cleveland.

It also approved a breakfast for members of the state and federal delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016.

The vote continues a longstanding practice of having an Illinois REALTOR® presence at both political conventions. The organization is bipartisan in nature.